Nationals name Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez their new manager

Nationals to hire Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez as next manager: report

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have chosen Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be their new manager.

Martinez had a 16-year run in the Major League Baseball playing for the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves from 1986 to 2001.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time. A former outfielder who played for nine different teams during his 16 years in the majors, he spent three and a half seasons with the Expos. Martinez's 431 games played for the Expos are his most for any franchise. The team is finalizing a three-year contract with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker since the Nationals parted ways with the veteran manager last week. In 2014 he followed Maddon to the Cubs, where he's served again as bench coach.

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Martinez's departure from Chicago continues a trend that has seen the Cubs almost turn over the team's entire coaching staff since being ousted in the division championship by the Dodgers. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected.

The Nationals won the NL East by 20 games this season, but were ousted in five games in the National League Division Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the team made it to the postseason both years with Baker as manager, it never moved beyond the first round of the playoffs.

Martinez was previously a finalist to be manager in Washington in 2013, when the job went to Matt Williams, another first-timer in the role, reports ESPN.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends.

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